Equipment and Tool Safety

Providing resources and guidance for the safe use of tools by UC Berkeley personnel.

Noise: Controlling Your Exposure at Work - Fact Sheet

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

There are several ways to protect against exposure to excessive noise levels. Engineering controls involve changes in the work area or equipment; administrative controls involve changes in work procedures. Usually one or the other provides sufficient protection. The law requires that these controls be considered before employees are made to wear hearing protection. If engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or will not provide adequate protection, hearing protection devices, training, and audiometry must be provided to employees.

Hearing Conservation Program

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

EH&S and University Health Services (UHS) together administer a Hearing Conservation Program designed to protect faculty, staff and students from hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise, i.e., exposure to noise above 85 decibels as an eight-hour time-weighted average.

The Hearing Conservation Program includes:

Workplace and personal exposure monitoring Annual audiometric (hearing) tests Annual training on the hazards of noise, purpose of audiometric testing, and proper use of hearing protection Hearing protection devices (ear plugs or ear muffs) made available where...

Compressed Gas Cylinders: Proper Management And Use

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) departments that use compressed gas cylinders must comply with a wide variety of laws and regulations, including those issued by Cal/OSHA, the California Fire Code and the City of Berkeley. This booklet provides general guidelines to help departments comply with those regulations. More specific information can be obtained from Material Safety Data Sheets and your department’s Job Safety Analyses (JSAs). Talk to your gas supplier about hands-on training and other useful safety information.

Compressed gas cylinders range from small...

Q-Brace Guidelines

Office of Environment, Health & Safety

These guidelines provide directions for proper restraint of common building contents in typical spaces on the UC Berkeley campus. The individual detail sheets are designed to cover common contents in each kind of space, and the materials called for are generic supplies available in most hardware and building supply stores.